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Bailey Noel Hanks Weidman (born Bailey Noel Hanks, February 6, 1988) is an American singer, actress, and dancer best known for winning MTV's Legally Blonde: The Musical – The Search for Elle Woods.[1] She performed on Broadway as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical in 2008.[2]

Bailey Hanks Weidman
Hanks at Mumbai
Born (1988-02-06) February 6, 1988 (age 31)
Occupationstage, television actress, singer, dancer

Early life and careerEdit

Hanks was born on February 6, 1988 in Anderson, South Carolina,[3][2] to Brad and Angie Hanks. She has one older sister, Brooke, and one younger sister, Bradlee. Her father is a pastor and youth minister in addition to being a highway patrolman, and her mother is a nurse.[3] Hanks attended Westside High School in Anderson. She transferred to and graduated from Pendleton High School in 2006.

Hanks performed the National Anthem for president Bill Clinton in 2000, at age 12.[4][5]

Growing up in local theater, her notable appearances were as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz; Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical; Elle Woods in Legally Blonde; Baby June in Gypsy; Hello, Dolly!; The Music Man; A Year With Frog and Toad; Annie; Bye Bye Birdie; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; and High Steppin' Country.[4] Bailey studied under Sarah Reese, an esteemed former opera singer.

Hanks was crowned Miss Liberty Teen 2005,[5][6] and competed in the Miss SC Teen Pageant.

She attended Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, SC, as well as Coastal Carolina University, [3][2] where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, though she did not graduate.


Hanks starred as Sharpay Evans in a production of High School Musical which ran from November 5 to December 7, 2008 at the Paper Mill Playhouse.[7]

Hanks appeared in the daytime television soap opera Guiding Light in April 2009.[8]

She played the part of the NYU Tour Guide in the third installment of Touchstone Pictures' "Step Up" franchise. The film, titled Step Up 3D, premiered in August 2010.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Hanks currently resides in Piedmont, South Carolina. Hanks is currently Worship Leader at her father's church 'Living Hope' and is a hair stylist.[10] Hanks married Jason Weidman in 2014 and honeymooned in the Dominican Republic, and now has a daughter named Elle. [11]



  • Legally Blonde: The Musical, Broadway, July 23 - October 19, 2008
  • High School Musical, Paper Mill Playhouse, November 5 - December 7, 2008
  • VOTE!, New York International Fringe Festival, August 14–26, 2009[12]
  • Freckleface Strawberry (reading) Manhattan Movement Arts Center, September 2009- Role of Emily
  • 9 to 5: The Musical Role of Doralee Rhodes Roxy Regional Theater, September and October 2012[13]




  1. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Bailey Hanks Wins MTV Competition And Will Be Next Elle Woods!". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Hetrick, Adam (2008-07-21). "Omigod! Bailey is New Star of Broadway's Legally Blonde; Three Finalists Also Land Roles". Playbill. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  3. ^ a b c Simonson, Robert. "'s Brief Encounter With Bailey Hanks" playbill, August 14, 2008
  4. ^ a b "Bailey Hanks", accessed February 26, 2019
  5. ^ a b Zielinsky, Peter James. "Photo Coverage: Legally Blonde's Bailey Hanks and 'Bruiser' Meet the Press", July 24, 2008
  6. ^ "Bailey Hanks will play a bitchy attention starved wannabe actress...I know, it's a stretch.", accessed February 26, 2019
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Blonde's Hanks Will Star in Paper Mill's 'High School Musical'" playbill, October 7, 2008
  8. ^ "Legally Blonde's Bailey Hanks to Appear on CBS' GUIDING LIGHT",, February 20, 2009
  9. ^ "'Step Up' listing", retrieved April 12, 2010
  10. ^ "Bailey Weidman", accessed February 26, 2019
  11. ^ "Bailey & Jason's Wedding Website". Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  12. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Hanks, Goodwin, Karr and Beard Cast in VOTE! for FringeNYC", July 13, 2009, accessed December 5, 2016
  13. ^ [1] Archived 2013-04-15 at

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